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CONSTITUTION DAY AND CITIZENSHIP DAY – September 17

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day - September 17

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day – September 17

CONSTITUTION DAY AND CITIZENSHIP DAY

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is an American federal observance that commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of the United States and those who have become United States citizens.  This day is observed  each year on September 17, which is the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

CELEBRATE

Post on social media using #ConstitutionDay or #CitizenshipDay to spread the word.

HISTORY

This holiday dates all the way back to 1911 where schools in Iowa first recognized Constitution Day.  The Sons of the American Revolution formed a committee to promote Constitution Day in 1917.  Calvin Coolidge, John D. Rockefeller and General John Pershing were part of that committee.

In 1940, “I am an American Day” was created and named as an official day by President Roosevelt.  At this time, Congress named the third Sunday in May as the day to celebrate.  By 1949, the governors of all 48 states had issued Constitution Day proclamations.  On February 29, 1952, Congress changed the name from “I am an American Day” to “Citizenship Day” and moved it’s observation to September 17. 

In 2004, it was then changed to
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

Happy Constitution Day and Citizenship Day!

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2 Responses to “CONSTITUTION DAY AND CITIZENSHIP DAY – September 17”

  1. Linda July 2, 2015 at 9:19 am #

    Thinking there is more to this day than written here. I have read that it was actively promoted by William Randolph Hearst in 1940. There is also a mandate out there that requires schools publicly funded take time to study and talk about the US CONSTITUTION. It should also be noted that this is celebration for new US CITIZENS. A very rewarding day for all of them. Any thoughts out there?

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  1. September 17th – National Constitution Day and Citizenship Day | One Day At A Time - September 17, 2014

    […] “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is an American federal observance that commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of the United States and those who have become United States citizens.  This day is observed  each year on September 17, which is the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.” – NationalDayCalendar.com […]

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